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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Hibiscus Bouquet

 Good morning,

The temperatures and rain seem to be perfect this year for many, many hibiscus blossoms.

The lovely part about this plant is where it decided on its own to grow at the end of our firewood rack.

Happy Summer!


Saturday, August 13, 2022

Out of the House

 Good morning,

It was somewhat of a big deal for us to get out of the house and go further than just a few blocks this week.  

I had a followup dental appointment so we also went to the wood store (Kjell's toy store) while we were nearby.  He has new projects in the planning stage.  It is so great to see him enjoying his wood workshop!

Perhaps next week we'll journey north for a sushi dinner....  



Friday, August 12, 2022

Work in Process This Week - Shades of Lavender and Purple

 Good morning,

These are flowers growing in number until there are 80 to make the next large afghan blanket for the shop.  It will be quite stunning with a darker purple border.  So pretty!

There are more afghan blankets finished, in the shop, and ready to ship here.

I just love our retirement "job!"  What are you making, baking, growing this week?

All the best,





Thursday, August 11, 2022


 Good morning,

This is one of the Continuing Professional Education courses I've completed this year.  Although I've been retired from active CPA practice for quite some time, I've kept my license current.  All Certified Public Accountants must complete Continuing Professional Education to renew their licenses - in my state, that's every three years.

So, this is what I've been doing all these years.  It's just the principle of the thing.  

Perhaps I'll officially retire when I'm 80....



Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Crazy Weather

 Good morning,

We have been having some crazy weather here in the Midwest US.  

In the picture above those are dark clouds when it should be light outside.  They reminded me of the clouds in the Wizard of Oz....

 Kjell stepped out on the front porch and took this picture.  The funny part is that the camera auto corrected to make the image lighter.  It was actually quite dark.  

Later in the evening we had a huge thunder storm.  Fortunately, we are running out of trees to be knocked over in a storm....   (see posts during previous weeks)

I hope the weather is calm wherever you are!


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Patio Flower Pot

 Good morning,

One of the organizations on my donations list every year sends me a few seed packets with their donation request.  

Since my back doesn't cooperate for me to bend over to plant seeds in the ground, I plant the seeds in a flower pot on my patio.  These images are of this year's blossoms so far.  

 I love the bright blossoms that greet me each morning.

 Sweet, simple blossoms.  Nature's beauty.



Monday, August 8, 2022

Volunteer Tomato Plant

 Good morning,

I was clearing growth along a fence next to our driveway and came across this!  It is a very healthy tomato plant that I certainly didn't plant here. 

A closer look and I see we are on the verge of getting some tomatoes!  Of course, I let this very brave (growing next to the driveway behind the gate makes it brave!) tomato plant stay right where it was.  It will be fun to see what kind of tomatoes appear on this vine.  :)
Sometimes it is the volunteer plant that gives the greatest happiness.